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District 2 Update – August 2020

The August heat is certainly upon us, and with all the uncertainty that surrounds us, at least we can count on our beautiful, but hot, Arizona weather! I hope this message finds you safe and healthy. Please keep yourselves hydrated! There are many positive things happening in Surprise, and I am glad that I get this opportunity to share them with you.

The 2020 Census is currently underway. If you have not completed a survey, there is still time! Respond online, at my2020census.gov, by phone at 844-330-2020 for English, and 844-468-2020 for Spanish, or by mail, if your household received a paper questionnaire in March or April. Information collected from the Census helps with the planning of critical infrastructure like roads and hospitals, determines our congressional representation and local political boundaries, and determines our share of the money distributed to states annually. It is crucial that everyone responds.

If a household has not responded to the Census by August, workers will begin visiting homes to interview households. All Census takers have official ID badges that will include their name, photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. Census workers have also been provided with personal protective equipment, and been trained to practice physical distancing when interacting with residents. Please remember that the Census Bureau will NEVER ask for: social security numbers, bank information, donations or credit card information. If fraud is suspected, call 1-800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.

Drop-off recycling is now available. Surprise residents can now drop off plastic bottles #1 and #2, cardboard, and aluminum and tin cans, at the Public Works North Yard, located at 17274 N. Litchfield Road. Materials will be accepted on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. and 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Proof of residency will be required, and a city staff member will be available to help residents with sorting and ensuring recyclables are not contaminated. The City of Surprise has been working hard to find a curbside recycling solution that is both cost-effective and sustainable. The City’s recycling program was temporarily suspended last August due to the rising operations costs and the decreasing value of recyclables. Drop-off recycling is the first step to resuming the city’s recycling program. For those of you that have Parks and Sons for your recycling provider, please note that you can also use the drop-off location, if you choose to.

The Kansas City Royals held a groundbreaking event for their new housing facility on July 9th. The facility is generally located north of Greenway Road and east of Bullard Avenue, south of the Texas Rangers housing facility which was finished earlier this year. When built, the building will contain 47 units, a pool, BBQ area, fire pit and ramada. A separate 4,000 SF storage facility will also be built as part of this project.

I know that many of you have questions and concerns regarding COVID-19. The City of Surprise has a COVID-19 webpage that is updated frequently with the latest information related to the pandemic. Please visit this page, at www.surpriseaz.gov/COVID-19 for updated information about the Governor’s executive orders, as well as for links to COVID-19 case data, facility closure information and much more. For information on COVID-19 testing, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health recommends calling the COVID-19 Hotline. The hotline number is 844-542-8201, and can be called for information about testing availability in your area. A link to the AZ COVID-19 Hotline is also available on the City’s COVID-19 page.

Lastly, I would like to thank all the frontline and essential workers who continue to serve with bravery during this pandemic, including our Surprise Fire-Medical and Surprise Police departments. I am proud of their dedication to professionalism and commitment to building partnerships with our residents. I would like all of our residents to know that your public safety teams are always here to serve you and answer any questions that you may have.

Please be sure to tune in for our next City Council Meeting on August 18 at 6 p.m. Meetings are broadcast live on Surprise TV www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv and on the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise. As always, I am happy to hear from my constituents. Please email me at nancy.hayden@surpriseaz.gov with any questions or concerns you may have. Please also check the city website at https://www.surpriseaz.gov/ for important updates and information.

District 2 Update – May 2020

March and April brought a lot of change to our community! Governor Doug Ducey’s Executive Order (2020-18), “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” went into effect on March 31 at 5 p.m. This order reinforces the state’s efforts to protect public health by reminding Arizonans to maintain healthy habits and find alternative ways to stay connected while spending time at home. Under the Executive Order, Arizonans shall limit their time away from their place of residence except to conduct or participate in essential activities, for employment or to utilize any services or products provided by essential business services. For more information on this particular order, please visit https://azgovernor.gov/executive-orders.

Mayor Skip Hall, in consultation with City Council and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, announced a State of Emergency for the city in an effort to preserve public health on March 19. With that declaration, many city facilities are closed to the public until further notice. Please know that city business will continue to be conducted and core services will not be impacted. Those core services include fire-medical, police, trash, water and other essential city services.

The following city facilities are closed to the public for walk-in services. Select services may be available by appointment:

  • City Hall (including service counters for: City Clerk, Cashier, Development Services)
  • Fire Administration
  • AZ TechCelerator
  • Senior Center (meal delivery and pick-up will continue)
  • Parks & Recreation Offices
  • Aquatic Center
  • Tennis & Racquet Complex
  • Countryside Recreation Center
  • Sierra Montana Recreation Center
  • Villanueva Recreation Center
  • Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex
  • Surprise Aquatic Center
  • Hollyhock Pool

Doors will remain open at the following facilities, but with suspended or limited services so as to reduce public walk-in traffic:

  • Police Department
  • Fire Stations (non-emergency visits are prohibited)
  • City Court
  • Surprise Resource Center (open for drop off and pick-up only)

The city has also closed the following facilities within its parks to curb gatherings: playgrounds, water fountains, basketball courts, pickle ball courts, dog parks, skate park, splash pads, restrooms, and volleyball courts. Ramada and field reservations are not being accepted at this time.

Please continue to practice social distancing while utilizing walking paths or open space and wash or sanitize your hands frequently. Do not use the parks if you are exhibiting symptoms of illness.

City libraries are managed by Maricopa County Library District and are also closed to the public. You can still access their eMedia collection by visiting www.mcldaz.org

Please contact the city by phone or email for assistance:

  • City Clerk – clerk@surpriseaz.gov / 623.222.1200 (Passport services have been suspended until further notice)
  • City Court – municipalcourt@surpriseaz.gov / 623.222.4800
  • City Manager – 623.222.1100
  • Community Development / Development Center – 623.222.3000
  • Economic Development – 623.222.3300
  • Fire-Medical – Emergency 9-1-1, Non-Emergency 623.222.5000
  • Human Resources – hr@surpriseaz.gov / 623.222.3500
  • Human Service & Community Vitality – 623.222.1500
  • Marketing & Communications – 623.222.1431
  • Mayor & City Council – 623.222.1300
  • Parks & Recreation – recreation@surpriseaz.gov / 623.222.2000
  • Police – Emergency 9-1-1, Non-Emergency 623.222.4000
  • Public Works – 623.222.1900
  • Utility Payment – www.surpriseaz.gov/payments / 623.222.1900, Option 1
  • Water Resource Management – 623.222.1900

For general questions, please call 623.222.1900. The city’s website at www.surpriseaz.gov is also a great resource for connecting with staff.

During this overwhelming time for all of our communities, it is important for our residents to know how to access the resources they may need. The city offers a webpage that provides community support resources and volunteer opportunities amid COVID-19. These resources include free meal services, stress and anxiety resources and a community resource guide to name a few. For more information, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/3804/COVID-19-Community-Care-Resources.

As I am sure you are aware, Census 2020 is underway. We need your help for a complete count. It only takes a few minutes to complete the Census. Its importance for the city is critical so that we can get the proper funding based on an accurate population count, amongst several other reasons, including critical funding for things like schools and transportation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us or visit our website at www.surpriseaz.gov/Census2020.

Lastly, please stay safe and practice the guidelines we have all been given by the CDC, the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Governor’s office. Wishing you nothing but the best during this difficult time. Please remember City Council is here for you.

District 2 Update – February 2020

Spring Training season is one of my favorite times of year. We welcome visitors from near and far to enjoy our baseball facility, hotels, restaurants and more. Surprise is home to the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers MLB teams. The teams have a full schedule that will include 29 games played from February until March! For ticket purchase or to view the entire schedule, please visit www.surprisestadium.com. Residents and visitors can also purchase tickets at the Surprise Stadium Box Office.

Sunset Theater will feature “Three Sopranos the Songbirds” on Saturday, February 8 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N. Bullard Ave. This performance will offer stunning voices in an exciting program. Reservations are required, and tickets are $14 each. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.westvalleyarts.org.

Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival will be held from 12-4 p.m. on February 9. Please come stop by Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Ave, for live classic rock music by Steven P & Diversity Jukebox and a variety of delicious food trucks. Please remember to bring your chairs and blankets. Admission is free; food and drink will be available for purchase.

The Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street, is hosting the Senior Center Sweetheart Dance on Friday, February 14 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Residents can enjoy lunch, live music and dancing. Tickets are $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Grab your sweetheart and start your Valentine’s Day with this fun event!

Artisan Treasures Cool Daze Food Truck and Handmade Market is being held at Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Ave, on Saturday, February 15 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This event is hosted by Wood & Me Custom Creations and will feature over 150 local artists and vendors. Admission is $2 or free with a donation of three non-perishable food items. Parking is free. For more information, please visit www.woodnme.com.

WHAM, What’s Happening Art Movement, is hosting Poetry Slam Open Mic Night on Friday, February 21 from 6-8 p.m. WHAM is located at 16560 N. Dysart Road. Everyone is welcome to attend this free public event that offers opportunities to perform and listen. There is no registration required.

It is my continued goal to provide you with a monthly news update that will offer upcoming events for the month. I am always available via email, at nancy.hayden@surpriseaz.gov if you have any questions, concerns or would just like to chat about something important to you.

Lastly, I would like to invite all of my residents to attend one of my monthly chats. I meet the second 16560 N. Dysart Road Wednesday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Arizona Traditions Ceramics Room. Additionally, I meet the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Sun City Grand Palm Center-Mediterranean Room (19726 N. Remington Dr.) at 10 a.m. I hope to see you there!

District 2 Update – January 2020

I would like to start by saying Happy New Year, and welcome to 2020! It is my continued goal to provide you with a monthly newsletter that will offer city updates as well as upcoming events for the month. I am always available via email at nancy.hayden@surpriseaz.gov if you have any questions, concerns or would just like to chat about something important to you.

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is continuing their open house series by welcoming residents to view the living quarters and bay, meet the firefighters and see the firetrucks. There will be three open houses in January. Fire Station 302 (18600 N. Reems Road) will host their open house on January 4; Fire Station 307 (16171 W. Cactus Road) opens its doors on January 11; and, Fire Station 301 (16750 N. Village Drive) will host its open house on January 25. All open houses are held from 9-11 a.m.

AZ Humanities presents The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of WWII on Wednesday, January 8 at 11 a.m. This presentation will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, and admission is free. Please come join other residents and hear about the over 1,000 WASP who helped free male pilots for combat roles at critical times during the war. For more information, please call 623-214-7537.

The 8th Annual Thunderbird Artists Fine Art and Wine Festival will be held at Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Ave, on January 10-12 from 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Residents are invited to join over 80 fine artists who will bring the city a world-class art event. Admission is $3 per person, and tickets may be purchased online at www.thunderbirdartists.com.

On Saturday, January 18, the City of Surprise will host a day of celebration in honor of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This annual event consists of musical performances, a keynote speaker, various sponsor exhibit booths, health and wellness resources and service projects. The celebration will began at 8:30 am. with a light breakfast and guest speakers in the City Hall Courtyard, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/MLK.

Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival continues this month on Sunday, January 19, from noon until 4 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. The event will feature live classic rock music by Flashback, delicious food trucks, yard games and much more. Please don’t forget to bring your blanket or chairs and enjoy the evening. You are welcome to bring your dogs as long as they are on leashes.

The Kachina Kennel Club is the first kennel club in the West Valley and was formed in 1975. They will be hosting the Copper Classic Dog Show at Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Ave, on January 24-26. Exact times have not yet been released, but please watch my Facebook page for announcements. For more information, please email info@kachinakennelclub.com.

Lastly, I would like to invite all of my residents to attend one of my monthly chats. I meet the second Wednesday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Arizona Traditions Ceramics Room.

Additionally, I meet the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Sun City Grand Palm Center-Mediterranean Room (19726 N. Remington Dr.) at 10 a.m. I hope to see you there!

District 2 Update – November 2019

As the cooler weather continues, we have many wonderful opportunities to participate in local outdoor events! From celebrating Veterans Day to holiday shopping, I hope to see you out and about enjoying our beautiful city.

Surprise SciTech Festival will be held on Saturday, November 2 from 9 a.m. until noon in the courtyard at Surprise City Hall, located at 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. This event explores the wonders of Science,Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs with educational demonstrations, science experiments and more. This is a free community event.

The Veterans Reflection Circle Dedication will be held on Monday, November 11 at 8 a.m. outside the north entrance of the Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N. Bullard Avenue. The Veterans Reflection Circle is an outdoor memorial in honor of late Surprise resident, Brian Mancini, who spent his life serving his country and helping other wounded veterans find help and healing.

Following the dedication, the annual Veterans Day Parade will take place at 10 a.m. The parade travels along Bullard Avenue between Paradise Lane and Tierra Buena Lane.

Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festivals continue this month on Sunday, November 17 at Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. There will be live music, delicious food trucks, yard games and much more. Don’t forget to bring your blanket or chairs and enjoy the evening. You are welcome to bring your dogs as long as they are on leashes.

The Surprise Arts Festival returns to the city just in time for holiday shopping. This festival will bring selected fine arts and crafts, gourmet food trucks, wine and beer gardens, confectionary booths, art demonstrations and live entertainment to Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Ave, on Friday, November 29 – Sunday, December 1 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The Artisan Treasures Holiday Affair will take place at the height of the holiday shopping. The craft show is scheduled for November 30 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Surprise Stadium, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. There will be a selection of fine arts and crafts, gourmet food trucks, wine and beer gardens, confectionary booths and much more. Parking and admission are free.

Please note that all city offices will be closed on November 11 in honor of Veterans Day, as well as November 28 and 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

As our city continues to grow, we will encounter road work and traffic issues. The City of Surprise is constantly working with utility companies and construction crews to keep traffic inconveniences to a minimum. We appreciate your patience and remind everyone to Drive Wise, Surprise.

Lastly, I would like to invite all of my residents to attend one of my monthly chats. I meet the second Wednesday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Arizona Traditions Ceramics Room. Please ask the gate guard for directions upon arrival. Additionally, I meet the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Sun City Grand Palm Center-Mediterranean Room (19726 N. Remington Dr.) at 10 a.m. Please stop by and hear about what’s going on and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

District 2 Update – October 2019

Thank you for signing up to receive my newsletters and updates. It is my goal to provide you with a monthly newsletter which will include city updates and valuable information.

Major League Baseball has released the 2020 Spring Training schedule. The first home game of the season will be held on February 22 with the Texas Rangers hosting the Milwaukee Brewers. Tickets will be available for online purchase beginning November 16, with our Surprise Stadium Box Office beginning sales on January 4. Details are available at surprisestadium.com.

Ottawa University Football has started! Come out to Spirit Field on Saturday nights to enjoy the hometown feel of college football. For a full list of home games, as well as times and opponents, please visit https://ouazspirit.com/schedule.aspx?path=football.

The Veteran, Disability & Human Service Commission will be sponsoring the first Surprise Care & Share Expo on Saturday, October 5 at City Hall from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The expo is a free community event which will create connections to human service organizations as well as disability, veteran and health resources.

The 6th Annual Surprise Fiesta Grande event is scheduled for Saturday, October 12 in the Original Town Site. This hispanic orientated street festival will provide hours of music, dancing, food, car shows and much more. Admission and parking are free. There will also be a free shuttle that will take residents from Villanueva Rec Complex to their cars should you not find close parking. The event will run from 5:00-10:00 p.m. at the Villanueva Rec Complex, located at 15660 N. Hollyhock Street. More info is available at surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande.

Sundays in the Park are back! This month, the event will be held on October 20. Come to Mark Coronado Park with your blanket or chair and enjoy live music, food trucks, dancing and more. This free familiy event runs from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Please remember all dogs must be on leashes.

Join Surprise as we explore the wonders of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs at the city’s SciTech Festival. This is a free community event that will feature robotics clubs, science experiments, educational demonstrations and more. The SciTech Festival will be held on November 2 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the City Hall courtyard, 16000 N. Civic Center Drive.

The Point-in-Time (PIT) Count Report performed in partnership with Maricopa County is a one-night snapshot of homelessness. The most current PIT was completed in January 2019 which reported a total of 6,614 homeless people in Maricopa County. The number of families decreased; however, the number of veterans increased. If you know anyone who could use assistance, please refer them to our Human Services and Communtiy Viatlity Department, 623-222-1500, as we offer several resources to fit different circumstances.

As our city continues to grow, we will encounter road work and traffic issues. The City of Surprise is constantly working with utility companies and construction crews to keep traffic inconveniences to a minimum. We appreciate your patience and remind everyone to Drive Wise, Surprise.

I would also like to invite all of my residents to attend one of my monthly chats. I meet the second Wednesday of each month from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the Arizona Traditions Ceramics Room. Please ask the gate guard for directions upon arrival. Additionally, I meet the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Sun City Grand Palm Center-Mediterranean Room (19726 N. Remington Dr.) at 10:00 a.m. Please stop by and hear about what’s going on and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

District 2 Update – September 2019

The first day of fall is September 23 and although temperatures may not agree, summer is nearing its end. When we think of fall, we begin to imagine pumpkin spice and earlier sunsets. September is the beginning of these feelings but let’s not forget that the month starts off with Labor Day.

Labor Day is the first Monday in September and is celebrated to acknowledge the contributions and achievements of the American worker. On September 5, 1882, 10,000 New York City workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square. This would become known as the first Labor Day Parade and the first working man’s holiday. It took over 12 years for Congress to pass an act to make the first Monday in September a legal holiday in the District of Colombia and its territories. Today, Labor Day is celebrated across the United States with parades, barbeques, fireworks, and other public gatherings to honor the working men and women.

Surprise City Hall offices will be closed on Monday, September 2 in honor of Labor Day.  Offices will resume normal business hours the following day.

Patriot Day is observed on September 11 to remember and pay tribute to the thousands of people killed and the numerous injured during the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001. At the direction of the President, the United States flag will be flown at half-staff to show respect to those who lost their lives.  Many people also observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., as this marks the time that the first plane flew into the World Trade Center.  Although this is not a federal holiday, I hope you take a few moments of your day to honor and remember.  We will never forget.

Neighborhood Grant Program

The Surprise City Council approved funding to support the Neighborhood Grant Program that provides eligible neighborhoods with small grants to fund neighborhood events, functions, or community improvements.

Recognizing an opportunity to encourage community engagement and further build strong relationships with communities in Surprise, the city designated $10,000 to support the grant program for FY20.

Please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/3406 for more information as well as the online application.

City Events

On September 14, the City, in conjunction with the Northwest Regional Landfill, is hosting a residential clean up event from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Residents are able to dispose of a single load of residential waste that weighs no more than 2,000 pounds for free. Proof of residency is required so please don’t forget your driver’s license and utility bill. The Northwest Regional Landfill is located at 19401 W. Deer Valley Road.

New Businesses

EOS Fitness is under construction at the northwest corner of Bell Road and the Loop 303. The 54,000 square foot facility will feature a pool, group fitness classes, sauna, cycling studio and much more!

The Texas Rangers are in the process of developing and building their new housing facility. This development will house players and team staff year round. The scheduled completion is this winter, just in time for Spring Training 2020.

Friendly Reminders

Sun City Grand residents are urged to obey traffic laws and restrictions. Please be mindful of your surroundings to help ensure a safe neighborhood!

I would like to invite all of my residents to attend one of my monthly chats. I meet the second Wednesday of each month from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the Arizona Traditions classroom (18265 Traditions Loop Rd.). Please ask the gate guard for directions upon arrival. Additionally, I meet the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Sun City Grand Palm Center-Mediterranean Room (19726 N. Remington Dr.) at 10:00 a.m. Please stop by and hear about what’s going on in the city and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

District 2 Update – August 2019

Each year, a variety of weather related dangers affect the American Southwest. The time period from June 15 through September 30 is known as Monsoon season. A period of extreme heat is typically experienced which is followed by an increase of moisture that leads to daily thunderstorms. The heat is deadly on its own, causing more deaths than any other weather hazard in the region. In addition, thunderstorms produce a variety of hazards which often strike suddenly and with violent force. Lightning, high winds, dust storms and flash flooding are just a few of the typical monsoon hazards everyone must be mindful of.

Dust storms are an underrated killer in Arizona. Within seconds, visibility can completely disappear. If you get caught in a dust storm, please pull off the road as far as you can. Ensure all of your lights are off and put your vehicle into park. Apply the parking brake and remove your foot from the brake pedal. Other motorists tend to follow taillights in an attempt to make their way through the storm. For more information please visit pullasidestayalive.com.

Flash flooding is the number one thunderstorm-related killer. Most flash flood deaths occur in vehicles. If your vehicle is suddenly caught in rising waters, please exit the vehicle and move to higher ground. Moving water, only 1-2 feet deep, will carry away most vehicles. Do not drive around barriers as they are placed for your protection. Be especially careful at night when water depth and road conditions are harder to see.

The best way to stay safe is to plan ahead. Ensure you are checking current weather forecast updates and staying inside when inclement weather is near. Supply kits are a great way to protect yourself in severe weather conditions. It is recommended that a household should have three gallons of water for each person and pet in the house; also a stock of food that does not require cooking or refrigeration. Portable and battery operated radios, flashlights and extra batteries should be readily available as well. Stay inside and avoid driving when at all possible.

For additional Monsoon safety tips and sandbag locations to help with flood protection, please visit surpriseaz.gov/monsoon.

City Events

The City of Surprise is hosting Free Chest Compression only CPR Classes on Wednesday, August 6 and Friday, August 8 from 9-11 a.m. or 2-4 p.m. at the Public Safety Building Auditorium, 14250 W. Statler Plaza, Ste 101. Registration is required in advance, so please call 623-222-5000 to enroll.

Arts HQ, located at 16126 N. Civic Center Drive, is showing an Arizona Broadway Theatre performance of Sister Act on Thursday, August 7 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. The cost is $11.95, and you must make a reservation. Please call 623-584-2626 or visit online at westvalleyarts.org.

WHAM, located at 16560 N. Dysart Road, is hosting a Poetry Slam on August 16 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. This is a free event that is open to the public. No registration is required, and everyone is welcome to participate or listen. For more information, please call 623-334-5271.

Reminders

Sun City Grand residents are urged to obey traffic laws and restrictions. Please be mindful of your surroundings to help ensure a safe neighborhood!

I would like to invite all of my residents to attend one of my monthly chats. I meet the second Wednesday of each month from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the Arizona Traditions Classroom. Please ask the gate guard for directions upon arrival. Additionally, I meet the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Sun City Grand Palm Center-Mediterranean Room (19726 N. Remington Dr.) at 10:00 a.m. Please stop by and hear about what’s going on in the city and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

District 2 Update – July 2019

The city is having a quiet month as council is on recess and the summer is in full swing. During the summer months it is clear to see why this area is known as the Valley of the Sun. The sun wakes us up in the morning and puts us to bed at night. We have intense heat from the summer sun that radiates down to bring even our sidewalks to extreme temperatures! The sun damages and fades a multitude of objects and our skin is no exception.

I’m sure you all know the hazards of UV rays, but as a friendly reminder, sun safety is important. One simple measure to reduce the risk of over exposure to the sun is limiting your time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wearing clothing to cover the skin as well as hats and sunglasses is another effective way of protection. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), clothing made from tightly woven fabric offers the best protection. Dry and dark clothing also offers more protection than wet or light colored clothing. A typical T-shirt has an SPF rating of lower than 15, so please use other types of sun protection as well. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends using a sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher to protect against UVA and UVB rays. They also suggest to use sunscreen daily and reapply every two hours of being in the sun.

The summer also brings many heat-related illnesses to our area. Heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rashes are just a few. These are caused by a body’s inability to cool down properly. The body normally cools by sweating, but sometimes sweating isn’t enough. These illnesses are preventable if you stay in an air-conditioned area during the hottest days, wear light and loose fitting clothing, drink water as often as possible, avoid unnecessary hard work outside, and avoid unnecessary sun exposure.

Avoid walking around barefoot and also be careful when touching door handles and other metal objects as they heat up very quickly. This summer, while you are enjoying outdoor activities, I urge you to take proper sun safety precautions and always have water close by.

4th of July

The City of Surprise will be hosting its 36th Annual 4th of July Celebration on Thursday, July 4 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. The festivities will take place at Mark Coronado Park, 15850 N Bullard Ave, as the Surprise Stadium will be undergoing renovations. This is a free event that will feature live music, food trucks, games, contests and more. The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with the fireworks display at 8:40 p.m. Bring your chairs and blankets and celebrate Independence Day with the city.

Friendly Reminders

Sun City Grand residents are urged to obey traffic laws and restrictions. Please be mindful of your surroundings to help ensure a safe neighborhood!

I would like to invite all of my residents to attend one of my monthly chats. I meet the second Wednesday of each month from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the Arizona Traditions Classroom. Please ask the gate guard for directions upon arrival. Additionally, I meet the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Sun City Grand Palm Center-Mediterranean Room (19726 N. Remington Dr.) at 10:00 a.m. Please stop by and hear about what’s going on in the city and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

District 2 Update – June 2019

Pets traveling with their owners to run daily errands have become the normal routine for many residents. Dogs typically love car rides and are absolutely adorable hanging their heads out of the window for the feel of fresh air on their faces. However, if you cannot bring your fur baby into the store or restaurant with you, please leave them at home during the summer! Heading into the grocery store for a quick item or running into the pharmacy might not take a significant amount of time; however, the intense summer temperatures make a vehicle an extremely dangerous place.

On a regular 100-degree day, it takes less than one hour for a dashboard to heat up to 157 degrees, a steering wheel to reach 127 degrees or the seats climb to 123 degrees. A few minutes is all it takes for a pet or child to die of heat stroke. According to the National Safety Council (NFC) a reported 52 child deaths occurred by being left in a hot car in 2018.

Unfortunately, in many of hot car deaths, the driver simply forgot there was a passenger in the backseat. One tip that has been shared is to place a significant item in the front seat of the car to remind you of precious cargo in the back.

There is a Good Samaritan Law in Arizona that protects any individual who enters an unattended motor vehicle to remove a child or domestic animal from civil liability if a good faith belief exists that the child or pet is in imminent danger, injury or death. The law also requires the person to notify law enforcement or emergency medical personnel before entering the vehicle and to stay with the child or pet until authorities arrive.

Asphalt becomes just as dangerous for our pets. Being too close to the heat radiating off the ground can cause a dog’s body to heat up very quickly causing heat stroke as well as burning or damaging their paws. Pets should be walked early in the morning to avoid the direct sun.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has an abundance of helpful tips on pets and the summer heat. It is just as important to watch your pets around pools. Not all dogs are good swimmers and, just as with children, pools can be very dangerous.

Friendly Reminder

Concerns regarding the driving in Sun City Grand have recently been brought to my attention. Sun City Grand residents are urged to obey traffic laws and restrictions. Please be mindful of your surroundings to help ensure a safe neighborhood!

As always, I invite you to join me at one of my monthly meetings. I meet the second Wednesday of each month from 3 – 4 p.m. in the Arizona Traditions Classroom. Please ask the gate guard for directions upon arrival. Additionally, I meet the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Sun City Grand Palm Center – Mediterranean Room (19726 N. Remington Dr.) at 10 a.m. Please stop by and chat with me about what’s going on in the city!